What do you vaccinate for?

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  1. Julee

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    Just curious what everyone else does. Right now, my guys get rabies every three years and that is it. I'd like to start tietering, but nobody is due for at least another year, so it's not something I've looked into very far just yet.
     
  2. *blackrose

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    Puppies receive:
    DHPP x 3
    Lepto x2
    Rabies

    (Abrams got bordetella, too, because it was free and he spent a lot of time at the clinic with me.)

    Then after the initial yearly boosters, I do rabies every 3 years and DHPP every 3-5. I also vaccinate for lepto if I'm worried about exposure. (Aka, Abrams will likely always receive it since he is always in water. My mom's Dachshund, on the other hand, who spends 22 hours a day sleeping and thinks nature is gross...probably not.)

    I tend to not vaccinate at all once the dog hits fuddy duddy senior dog status.
     
  3. Oko

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    Feist got her rabies and DHPP.
     
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    I'd love to be sorta similar... except give a lymes over lepto since we have a TON of that here and I'm constantly pulling ticks off them due to trails. BUT, I travel a lot so they stay pretty up to date on everything bc the daycares/boarding places all require it. :-/
     
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    Rabies + Titers for anything life threatening and vaccines if necessary (parvo, lepto, distemper)
    He has gotten bordatella when necessary (boarding, daycare etc..)

    I've been on the fence about the lyme vaccine and parainfluenza.

    I've gone from ALL OF THEM, to NONE OF THEM HOLISTIC FOREVER, Now back to kind of a medium

    I know the risks of vaccines, that said, Merlin is around A LOT of other dogs and I would never forgive myself if he caught something life threatening and he wasn't vaccinated. The side effects for me were worth the risk.
     
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    I do rabies as required by law (every 3 here) and after the puppy series I do DHPP every... 3-5 or so. Exactly how often depends on a number of factors. Around 8-10 I usually stop vaccinating for DHPP, again that depends.

    Bordatella I do when it's required for boarding. I don't generally do any others unless there are specific circumstances - like, I vaccinated for lepto for a few years when we had a neighbor on our alley feeding raccoons and they were crawling all over everybody's backyards. When they moved, I stopped.
     
  7. MericoX

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    Rabies and Distemper every 3 hours. Will reevaluate with the oldies after this year's 3 year booster (they'll be 11 and 13 then... nuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!)
     
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    Well, preferably as a pup, I'd do DHP 3 or 4 times. Then do rabies when appropriate by law (I think it's 4ish months here?). Then booster for DHP and rabies at one year. Then do rabies by law every 3 years.

    As of now, that's our plan to just do rabies every 3 years for the rest of his life or as the law follows. Nothing else is in my plans as of yet. He is 5 1/2 now and hasn't had DHP since one year old. I suppose it wouldn't *hurt* to get one more DHP vaccine but IF I did so choose to do it again, he wouldn't ever get it again, because at that point I feel he'd be fully protected (which, tbh, I pretty much feel like he is now anyway).

    But as a pup he had DHLPP at 12 weeks and had a horrid reaction to lepto. So I was a bit scared of vaccines at that point and stalled getting him anymore. But we did eventually get the '3rd round' minus the lepto. He did not get rabies until almost 6 months old. We boosted at a year for all. Then he had rabies again at 4yrs old per the law. He's had 3 bordatella vaccines in there somewhere too but I highly doubt I'll EVER get that one again.
     
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    ****, every 3 hours? You are paranoid :rofl1:
     
  10. Laurelin

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    I do DHPP and lepto but didn't do lepto till Mia was older. The breed sometimes has issues with it. Boosters every 3-5 years. Not sure if Summer will get anything else now that she's old. Mia's only had the puppy shots and one booster set.

    I do rabies as required by law.

    There have been a couple occasions I have done bordatella but that was a long time ago and so that we could do something (like board or whatnot).
     
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    Puppy series, rabies once. That's it.

    Anything else would only be as needed, ie if I had to board them or something.
     
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    Rabies per the law until old age/health dictates otherwise. DHPP as necessary?

    I really don't remember Buzz and Bailey's vaccination schedules until I was in control of them but I know they used to get Lepto AND Lyme vaccines. And they got that along with DHPP and Rabies (whenever rabies was due). No adverse reactions I know of, thankfully! Bailey was "current" on vaccines for daycare in 2012 but since then has only had Rabies (in January).

    Gabby received limited vaccines when she was with her previous owner (not because they were well informed...) and when she got her vaccines done by the local vet we use with ESRA, they did a DHPP+C (on an adult dog... I have no idea why they did Corona), Rabies, and Bordetella. So she'll likely only get Rabies when that's due (although, I seem to remember them saying her Rabies is only good for 2 years, I need to look at her certificate).
     
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    I do rabies and DAPP every three years, and will continue to do so until age/health dictates otherwise. Jack and Missy's are staggered (they both got DAPP last year, they'll both get rabies this year), Heidi will be getting both this year.

    Sassy was due for rabies and distemper last year, but was in poor health at the time so I declined both. I don't know what I'm going to do going forward, she's pretty old.

    I don't plan on any puppies anytime soon (or ever!) but I would do DAPP at 8, 12, and (maybe?) 16 weeks, rabies at 20 weeks. Both rabies and DAPP at one year, and then every three years after that.
     
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    DHPP puppy shots, no lepto for shelties. Rabies after the last round of puppy shots. Three year boosters when they're a year old for everything... then probably just rabies from there as required by law. Auggie got an extra round of DHPP when he was four but he's definitely done now.
     
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    I should add this school of thought is more for "future" although I guess it's held pretty true for my current batch of dogs. Juno had DAPP at 7, 10, 13, and 16 weeks of age (too many for my liking, now); rabies, lyme, and bordetella at 16 weeks. All of those were boostered a year later which were needed because she was going to daycare (although I still have no idea why I ever agreed to do the lyme vaccine). But now she hasn't had a vaccine since then.

    Lucy had her puppy series and then was never vaccinated again until she was 7 years old when I decided to adopt Happy - because I knew the rescue would check on that.

    Obviously coming from a rescue Happy is UTD on vaccines, and Cajun I have no idea when she was vaccinated (I get the impression she only had puppy series, too) but I don't have any immediate plans to vaccinate her.
     
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    Why no lepto for shelties? Do they have issues with it too?
     
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    I know you're not asking me, and I can't say for Shelties specifically, but I know lepto is a huge problem in smaller dogs in general.

    My veterinarian friend thinks lepto vaccine is way overused anyway. Certain areas have more problems with it but in general, the risk is worse for little dogs to receive the vaccine than the chances of actually contracting lepto. Plus the vaccine tends to be hard on the liver apparently. Lepto is really very rare, in the big spectrum of things. I read that there are less than 200 cases in the U.S. and half those in Hawaii. It's really common in tropical countries with heavy rainfall. The vaccine doesn't even protect against all the different strains of the lepto. Vets see more cases of reactions to lepto vaccine, than lepto itself.

    Jackson almost died after getting the lepto vaccine at 12 weeks. Well, that may be a bit overdramatic, I thought he was going to... but it was very scary. Lost control of his back legs, puked, his head couldn't hold up for a minute, we rushed back to the vet. Won't ever do it again and I find it completely unnecessary.
     
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    Yep. Most breeders tell their buyers not to give it, even some sheltie rescues now warn against it. The general feeling is the risk of the vax itself is higher than the odds of getting lepto in the first place. Dr. Schultz doesn't recommend it except for high-risk areas, but IIRC he lives in a high-risk area himself and doesn't give it.

    ETA: Whoops, JacksonsMom posted while I was posting... yes to everything she said. There's only a few places in the US where it's even considered high-risk. California is one. But even in California I think confirmed cases in dogs are still really, really ridiculously low.
     
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    Meg was an adult rescue, so who the heck knows what she had. Rabies is always up to date with both my dogs; Meg got DHPP when in rescue, and has just been titered a few times since then.

    Gusto only had 2 rounds of the puppy DHPP; he was weaned so incredibly young that I was pretty comfortable assuming that the maternal antibodies were gone. He also had the 1 year booster. Other than rabies, he has had nothing else.

    Meg is likely done completely; I may titer her once more just for curiosity sake if I have the spare cash, but I'm not worried about it. I will probably titer Gusto at 4 or 5 years and see where we are. I have zero issue giving another booster if they are low.

    I've never been forced into bordatella, but I'd do it if required. I don't do Lyme/Lepto.
     
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    Yeah a lot of Yorkie breeders will warn against it as well and specifically state in contracts and papers, etc, NOT to give it. I figured it'd be similar in Shelties.
     

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